Stephanie Zito

Stephanie Zito is a professional traveler, humanitarian and credit card points collector sharing savvy travel tips she has learned firsthand from more than 20 years of circling the globe as a backpacker, expat and premium traveler in more than 125 countries and all seven continents.

Zito loves teaching others how to access travel and is the author of “Upgrade Unlocked: The Unconventional Guide to Luxury Travel on a Budget,” instructor of the CreativeLive course “Make your Dream Trip a Reality,” and the deal-master of the Travel Hacking Cartel.

Zito’s favorite travel hack is a hotel upgrade that lands her in a soaking bathtub with a view of the ocean. When she isn’t hanging out in an airport lounge somewhere, Stephanie calls Portland, Oregon, home.

Posts by Stephanie Zito

Fine print, Rewards, Travel

How to use card rewards, hotel categories to book the perfect stay

The content on this page is accurate as of the posting date. Please see the card issuer’s website for the most current version of the offer. As you may know from some of my earlier posts, I’m a big fan…
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Living with credit, Rewards, Travel

Cash back cards: the key to off-the-grid travel and adventures

The content on this page is accurate as of the posting date. Please see the bank’s website for the most current version of card offers. Credit card reward points earned in airline and hotel programs are great for booking plane…
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Living with credit, Rewards, Travel

Use your credit card to score a hotel upgrade

The content on this page is accurate as of the posting date. Please see the bank’s website for the most current version of the offer. When the guest experience agent at the Le Meridien Il Maurice in Mauritius walked me…
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Living with credit, Rewards, Travel

How to stay at the best hotels for under $100

I’ve always liked checking in to fancy hotels with room service, white-gloved bellmen, and deep soaking bathtubs. Unfortunately, my travel budget is more often aligned with the rack rate at a budget hotel or hostel down the street. Many of…
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Living with credit, Rewards, Travel

How to turn a home renovation into a free vacation

If your refrigerator is old, your bathtub leaky, or you’ve still got 1970s orange shag carpet in your living room, it might be time to consider a few home repairs. If charging the cost of the home project will earn you…
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